ThurstonTalk Team Grows – Associate Editor Position Now Open

first_imgFacebook187Tweet0Pin0The Talk team includes (from left) Dan Jones, Kevin Coleman, Amy Rowley, Stacee Sledge, Kate Scriven, Martin McElliott, Margo Greenman and Tara Rendon. Across Western Washington more than 60 people work with our company to tell stories about what it’s like to live, work, and play in their communities.Join the fastest growing digital media company in Western Washington as our new Associate Editor.We are looking for a collaborative, team player to guide content on our community social network. The Associate Editor must be professional and display confidence working with a wide variety of people including writers, customers, teammates, marketing professionals and community partners.Read on to learn more about becoming our next Associate Editor.Job Responsibilities:Recruit, retain and manage a team of freelance writers.Source content and manage assignments.Copyedit articles prior to publishing. Work with customers on necessary revisions.Prepare articles for publishing.Edit and publish press releases.Circulate content to interested parties.Make publishing decisions to drive views.Manage social media accounts for Talk website(s).Develop article plans with customers. Translate plan to writers.Source, add, and edit events for the calendar.Act as a role model for the freelance writing team.Interact professionally and efficiently with sales team.Add insight and opinion to marketing team.Handle 8-10 featured business articles per month as a freelance writer (additional compensation).Perform other duties as assigned.Required Skills and Experience:Bachelor’s degree required.At least 3 years experience in communications, marketing, advertising or a related fieldExperience as a freelance writer or content creatorExcellent verbal and written communication skillsPrior experience in a position that required excellent organizational and time management skillsShowcase attention to detail skills.Comfortable networking and meeting new people while representing our brandProven ability to work toward solutions to problems and collaborate on ideasFluent in Microsoft Office including Word and Excel required. Previous experience working in WordPressPreferred Skills and Experience:Prior experience copy editingExperience managing othersPrevious experience managing social media accountsThis position will be a remote job with a team meeting weekly in Olympia. You must have reliable transportation to get to Olympia, handle freelance writing assignments, and meet with customers as needed. It will be important that you have prior experience managing your own time to complete tasks without direct supervision.A complete application will include:Current resume200-word writing sample about why you love your communityFour sentences that describe the value you will bring to our teamPlease do not include any other attachments or work samples, unless requested.Send your application to resumes@thurstontalk.com by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2016.last_img read more

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Salah and Mané have more league goals than all Atleti together

first_imgAtlético’s offensive crisis has caused negative numbers that are already part of the mattress story. Only 22 goals scored in 22 league games, one per game that are greatly complicating the rojiblanca classification, currently in the sixth place. Counting with the rest of competitions, the figures are 34 goals achieved in 31 games.Atlético has on the horizon Liverpool’s visit (February 18) with the intention of recovering a large part of the block that is ravaged by injuries and whose casualties have been decisive for the very small figures of the team above. In the lead, Simeone is confident of being able to João Felix, to Diego Costa, who could return to receive the English and Morata, the last to fall, hopes to be available on the big date. But while his rival is on the opposite side of the scale from face to door. In the Premier League Liverpool already accumulates 60 goals in the 25 games who has played (2.4 per game), 86 in 38 counting all competitions. Counting only on his offensive trident, Salah, Mané and Firmino, accumulate 43 points, 33 of them in the Premier, where the reds lead the competition with an iron hand. In the domestic competition, the Egyptian has scored 14 goals, to which he adds four in the Champions League, while in the case of Mané they have been 11, plus two in the European competition and two in the European Super Cup. a total of 25 goals in the Premier between the two that are already more than those of all the Athletic League. Firmino adds eight more, to which he adds two in the Club World Cup. Immobile, more than all AtléticoIf between Salah and Mané they surpass the goals of all Atlético in Liga, in Italy to Ciro Immobile He doesn’t need anyone else, since he only leads the Golden Boot with the 25 goals he adds in Lazio. Figures in 21 games that would have been enough for him be the top scorer in Serie A in 55 of its 88 editions.center_img In the Bundesliga, his top scorer Robert Lewandoski has scored 22 goals in 20 games Garters he has played, the same as all Atleti. The Polish adds 10 goals in the Champions League and one in the German Cup that lead him to reach 33 goals in 28 games, a stratospheric figure. It follows very closely Timo Werner, a striker who has been related to Atlético and who adds 20 goals in league with Leipzig. In Spain the figures for Messi They are lower than what he has used and more after missing five days due to injury. Despite this it is the Pichichi of LaLiga and total 14 points, double that Morata, top scorer rojiblanco.last_img read more

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Eurofarmacos Group Responds to Dr. Sumo, LMHRA

first_imgRe: Article entitled “‘Liberians Won’t Be Used as Guinea Pigs’ For Ebola Trial Drugs not Approved”Dear Editor,We refer to the article quoting the LMHRA Managing Director, Pharmacist David Sumo and his organizations’ stance on pre-clinical trials for the treatment of Ebola.As a highly qualified pharmacist, he is absolutely right to bring to attention the fact that pharmaceuticals need rigorous testing before introduction into any population.As no doubt he would point out, pharmaceuticals involve the introduction of man-made chemicals into the body that alter the balance of the body’s immune system amongst other factors.The Eurofarmacos Group applauds such an action and waits with anticipation the results from the trials of the other such pharmaceuticals currently being used within Liberia.Dr. Sumo and the LMHRA are perhaps not aware that WHO gave the green light to any treatment that can provide help to those affected by this Ebola pandemic and that could be used humanely and without the need to undergo the complicated Biosafety and Bioethics checks.Given the magnitude, severity and lethal potential of this virus strain, EBOFLIP – like other non-pharmaceutical products used in Africa at present – has not been required to perform clinical, pre-clinical (or in-Vitro and in-Vivo),  trials on patients with Ebola. Rather, the emphasis is on the plain fact that getting no treatment will cause up to 90% to die.Because of its effectiveness, EBOFLIP can be used as a preventative measure and treatment, eliminating the need for pharmaceutical live vaccines and giving hope to those family members who are unfortunate enough to get in close proximity to an Ebola infection.Eurofarmacos Group was privileged to be asked to donate its proven products to Liberia, and understood at the time that there was a sense of urgency and co-operated fully in the setting up of a trial for the product, and is ready to respond to any further requirements that the country needs.If the LMHRA requires to stop the existing treatment trials that have already proven a resounding success, then of course the company will abide by the wishes of the LMHRA and follow the clinical trial guidelines set down for the other pharmaceuticals the LMHRA is currently testing and look forward to measuring the success of EBOFLIP against the other products on a side-by-side clinical trial.Because of the urgency in combating the spread of the disease, Dr. Sumo and the LMHRA are most welcome to engage immediately on a one-to-one basis with the scientists, chemists, pharmacists and doctors from Europe and America who have worked with and extensively tested EBOFLIP who will answer any clinical and pharmacological concerns that they may have.After all, our first goal as medical specialists is to help people affected by Liberia in the best way we know how and prevent more deaths, and we stand by willing to work with all international countries to offer assistance should they ask us.Sincerely,Dr. Jose Manuel FriasPresidentEurofarmacos Group EuropaOn behalf of the BoardShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘Our Children Deserve the Best’, Says Deputy Education Minister Goll-Kotchi

first_imgDeputy Education Minister for Administration, Hawah Goll-Kotchi has called on authorities of privately-owned or faith-based schools in the country to invest in the infrastructures employ well qualified teachers and administrators to make the education sector vibrant.She said that owners of these institutions of learning should not cut corners and settle for anything short of improving the system, “because Liberian children deserve the best of education.”Madam Kotchi made the statement over the weekend at program marking observance of the tenth anniversary of the O’Nance International Christian School located at 72nd Junction, near the S.K.D. Boulevard in Paynesville, outside Monrovia. The ceremony was held on the theme, “Making the Difference in the Liberian Education System in the 21st Century.”According to her, proprietors of those privately-owned and faith-based institutions of learning need to work with the central government and other public institutions to deliver quality teaching to the youthful population.“We must closely follow the school calendar, and the national curriculum to observe all the policies put in place by the Ministry of Education (MOE),” Deputy Minister Kotchi instructed.She disclosed that authorities at the MOE were now working with the Civil Services Agency (CSA) to vet and verify teachers including those assigned at the central offices.“As a private entity,” Minister Kotchi said, managers of private schools operating in the country should do their best by instituting measures that would improve the education sector.The Deputy Minister however said, the MOE was trying to bring into the Liberian school system and central office staffers with formal training to update the system.In another development, the principal of O’Nance International Christian School, Abraham Kipi has informed parents and guardians that some of their children were fully on the path of attaining quality education in the school as they were fully up to the tasks.According to him, the students have grouped themselves into doing additional academic study involving the study in journalism.Mr. Kipi however described the practice of journalism in the country as one of the challenging professions, which according to him the students are prepared for the future challenges. He acknowledged that the institution was working with the parents to ensure that the students achieve the highest standards of academic performance in the school.“Although we are Christian school, we accept all students irrespective of religious affiliation and orientations.”The O’Nance International Christian School was founded in 2004, primarily to buttress government efforts in providing sound education to students towards reducing the illiteracy rate in the country.As a Christian institution, the mission of the institution also includes instilling Christian disciplines in students during their educational journey.Before attaining it present secondary level, in 2004, classes started in a rented dwelling building, which was later partitioned into classrooms that accommodated the huge enrollment at the time.On account of this, parents of students who were promoted beyond the schools level at the beginning requested the school management to add higher classes in order to continue their study in the school.However, seen the need for expansion, management purchased a parcel of land within the vicinity of the existing facility, and commenced construction of what is now a multi-million dollar modern school complex.The school has been transformed into three storey building that hosts all the classes from primarily to secondary levels.The school was founded and is owned by Aaron J. Wheagar, Deputy Managing Director for Operations at the Liberian Petroleum Refining Corporation (LPRC). It is fully registered and accredited by authorities at the MOE as a private institution—a process that was completed in 2005.The school has six administrative staff include the principal, vice principal, dean of student affairs and four coordinators.It current enrollment is well over 450 with the male students constituting about 240, while female is 225.The O’Nance International Christian School operates with the vision to ensure that nurtures academic excellence, develops Christian character and promotes responsibility in all the students.The mission is to become God-fearing Christian School that seeks to create a positive environment that motivates students to achieve excellence in learning as they prepare to contribute to their communities and nation in the future.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Oil Law Passage on Ice

first_imgDeputy House Speaker Hans M. Barchue has announced that there will be delay in the passage of the draft Oil and Gas Laws expected to govern that sector.Addressing the close of the National Validation Conference on the draft petroleum (Exploration & Production) Act and the Draft NOCAL Act of 2013, the Grand Bassa County Representative noted that the draft legislation passage requires collective inputs of both chambers of the Legislation, but with 15 seats of the Senate up for election, achieving said purpose in the soonest time was impossible.“Let me say after the passage of the Oil Laws by the House of Representatives, there will be a conference committee from both Houses, but with about 50 percent seeking reelection, there would be a delay in the full passage,” Deputy Speaker Barchue disclosed.This means that the proposed legislation will remain on the shelf of the Capitol Building until the controversial December 16 Special Senatorial Election is conducted and legitimate winners are announced and commissioned before further action is taken on the laws.The House of Representatives at the weekend completed the validation process through a two-day roundtable initiative bringing together several stakeholders including the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) executives among others.Said validation was intended to conclude the aspect of direct public participation in the formulation process of the draft law, a process that will inform lawmakers’ opinion when deliberating in chambers.At the Monrovia City Hall event, over 30 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from across the country participated in a process considered by legislators as “a medium to institute the desires reform to the Oil and Gas Sector.”The Exploration and Production Act centered on the establishment of a fiscal and legal regulatory framework for the management and regulation of petroleum activities in the country; while the NOCAL Bill is to be established as a commercial entity for the purposes of managing, on behalf of the state, to undertake the exploration, development and production and disposal of petroleum.According to the draft legislation, the NOCAL Act is also to manage citizens’ participation in the rights and interests in all petroleum agreements.At the opening of the forum, House Speaker J. Alex Tyler reemphasized the need to ensure that the new Oil and Gas Laws reflect the good of society and strengthen the overall growth and development of the country.Speaker Tyler said the validation phase on the new Oil and Gas Laws is a key component in reforming the sector and he sees the process as a “turning point aimed at fostering participatory governance in Liberia.”Also speaking, NOCAL’s vice president for Public Affairs, Lamini Waritay, lauded the efforts of the Legislature to scrupulously examine the new Oil and Gas Laws especially engaging the inputs of Liberians across the country.He noted that NOCAL will work “shoulder to shoulder” with the lawmakers in order to develop and achieve a framework for a progressive governance of the national resource. “Oil has the potential to make or break our country.  That is why we’re paying more emphasis on laws to guard the sector,” the NOCAL executive said.The event brought together scores of participants including, but not limited to, Thomas Doe Nah of the Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL), Ms. Beneta Ackah of the Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency (LEITI) and Francis Dunbar of Burn International Incorporated.Others include Pindarius Allison, National Consultant of Trust Africa; I. Adams Manobah and Johansen T. Veker of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Paul Hinneh of the Liberia Oil and Gas Initiative and Isaac T. Charleson of Liberia Petroleum Watch.It can be recalled, in phase one of the oil and gas reform laws, a 22-member committee of the House of Representatives solicited citizens’ views and participations throughout the 15 counties.The second phase was a round table stakeholders meeting which sought the compilation and harmonization of views and interventions emanating from the 15-county consultations.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Thief jailed for 3 months

first_imgForty-three-year-old Sean Peters of 183 Callender Street, Albouystown Georgetown appeared on Wednesday before Georgetown Magistrate Fabayo Azore and admitted that, between July 13 and 14 last, he stole from Nizam Shaw two batteries valued at $64,000.Peters told the court that he sold the batteries, but to date has collected only $5000.He explained to the court that he has a “lil girlfriend,” and also needed cash to smoke. He also related that he has a daughter whom he cannot afford to support by just washing vehicles, which is his job.Peters told Magistrate Azore that he does not enjoy stealing, but it is something that he always ends up doing, and the bad habit has caused him to spend three years in prison previously.When a sentence of three months’ jail was pronounced on him, a smiling Peters turned to persons present in court and said, “Is suh you does wrap them up”.last_img read more

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Youth sports signups

first_imgDowney kids baseball league: Ages 3-13. Signups weekdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at 8136 East Rosecrans Ave., Paramount,CA. Info: (562) 824-3190 www.kidsbaseball.org Cal Sparks 7th Grade Travel Teams: Tryouts for two teams. 6th Graders are also welcome to try out at 7 p.m. Wednesday nights through March 31 at Long Beach City College. Info: Karen Brown at (310) 704-1758. Weingart-Lakewood Family YMCAWinter Basketball Season: Ages 3-15. Signups. Info: (562) 425-7431 or email adam.franko@LBymca.org or www.lbymca.org Youth Basketball League: Ages 6-12. Practices on Mondays 3:45 p.m. Games on Wednesdays (age 6-9) or Thursdays (age 10-12) 3:45 p.m. Fee: $45 AJCC Member/$60 Public. Eight-week league. Info: Cindy Jarvis (562) 426-7601 x1047 or cjarvis@alpertjcc.org FOOTBALLLakewood Pacific Junior Football and Cheer: Signups. March 10, 31, April 21, May 5, 19, June 6, 16 at 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Del Valle Park. Fee: $170 tackle football/cheer, $90 flag football/cheer. Info: (562) 731-0419 or www.lakewoodfootball.org. Long Beach Poly Junior Athletic Association: Ages 5-13. Signups every Saturday. Info: Chris Morrison at (562) 637-6415. GOLFGolf camps: Year-round golf camps run Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Info: Cerritos, (562) 916-8400; Lakewood, (562) 866-9771. Johnson Junior Golf: Ages 7-17. Year-round program offers tournaments on regulation golf courses in Southern California. Info: (562) 866-8685 or www.jjgt.org. Long Beach Golf Learning Center: Ages 4-17. Girls-only, parent-child classes available. Info: Joesjgolf@aol.com or (562) 896-2539. GYMNASTICSLakewood YMCA: New classes forming for boys. Info: (562) 425-7431 or denise.porazzo@LBYMCA.org. ROLLER HOCKEYWeingart-Lakewood Family YMCAWinter Roller Hockey Season: Ages 3-11. Info: (562) 425-7431 or adam.franko@LBymca.org www.lbymca.org ROWINGLong Beach Junior Crew: Grades 9-12. Tryouts and Signups ongoing at the Pete Archer Rowing Center, 5750 Boathouse Lane at the Marine Stadium. Tryouts daily from 3:45-6:00 p.m. No experience needed. Free one-week trial period. Info: Bill Bater (562) 425-0148, (562) 425-0830, www.eteamz.com/lbjc SOCCERCerritos United Soccer Club: Seeking players for boys U9, U10, U11 teams. Info: (562) 402-0502 or Benprado@aol.com. Info: (323) 842-3762, (714) 894-1977 or www.cuscsoccer.org. Cerritos United Soccer Club: Seeking players for boys U12. Info: Raul Albeno (562) 762-6472 or www.cuscsoccer.org. Cerritos United Soccer Club: Seeking players for boys U13. Info: Steve Nadal (562) 920-8202 or Ben Prado (562) 402-0502. Cerritos United Soccer Club: Seeking players for girls U9, U10, U11. Info: Javier Benito (562) 809-1404 or Ben Prado (562) 402-0502. City of Compton AYSO: Ages 4-16. Signups start Monday at recreation office, 1108 N. Oleander Ave., Compton. Info: (310) 605-5688. Also at Macdonald Park. Fee: $11.75. Info: (310) 638-6414. Long Beach girls U10 Signature team: Looking for experienced field players. Info: Hamid Mamnoon (562) 833-7771 or farahma562@yahoo.com Long Beach Soccer Club: Girls U17 team looking for experienced players. Ongoing tryouts Tuesdays and Thursdays at Stanford Middle School, 5871 Los Arcos St., Long Beach. Info: (562) 755-5377. Long Beach Soccer Club: Boys U14 team looking for experienced field players. Info: (562) 714-0025. Long Beach Soccer Club: Boys and girls U10-U18 team tryouts. Practices at parks and schools in Long Beach. Info: www.longbeachsc.com or Trey Scharlin at (310)-650-2208. Long Beach Supreme Soccer Club: Boys U11 team looking for experienced field players. Ongoing tryouts Mondays and Wednesdays. Info: (562) 221-0055 or (562) 424-4060 or clechner@verizon.net. Long Beach Supreme Soccer Club: Girls U13 team seeking players. Ongoing tryouts Mondays at Mayfair Park. Info: (562) 225-6440, soccercoachj@verizon.net or www.lbsupremesc.com. Weingart-Lakewood Family YMCAWinter Indoor Soccer Season: Ages 3-12. Signups. Info: (562) 425-7431 or adam.franko@LBymca.org www.lbymca.org SOFTBALLLos Altos ASA: Ages 5-14. El Dorado Park in the back four fields. Info (213) 305-6124 Jim McConnell or www.losaltosybs.com SWIMMINGLong Beach Poly Aquatics: Ages 12-18. Swimming clinic. Saturday at 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Register on the web at http://www.breakoutswimclinic.com/ Long Beach Swim Club: Ages 7-18. Competitive year-round program at the Belmont Olympic Pool Plaza. Tryouts and signups ongoing with free two-week trial period. Cross-training program also available. Info: (562) 597-9744 or www.beachswimclub.com. Barracuda Aquatic Club: Boys and girls ages 5-18. Ongoing signups and tryouts for year-round competitive swim team at Thompson Park in Bellflower. Info: bacswimming.org. Seal Beach Swim Club: Ages 5-18. Tryouts and signups ongoing daily at U.S. Water Polo National Aquatics Center in Los Alamitos from 4:30-6:30 p.m., and at McGaugh School in Seal Beach from 4-5:30 p.m. Info: Coach Patti Haney (562) 431-7526 or manager Maria Fattal (562) 430-1092 or www.sealbeachswimclub.org. TRACKBay Cities Unleashed youth Track Club: Ages 5-18. Signups ongoing. At Vernon E. Hemingway Memorial Park. Practice times are Tuesday Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. Info: Head coach George Cannon (310) 632-3908. Long Beach Sprinters Youth Track Club: Practice ongoing. Heartwell Park, Monday and Wednesdays at 4-6 p.m. Fees: $175. Paid at time of registration. Practice days: Monday & Wednesdays 4-6 p.m. Info: Head coach Chucky Hampton (562) 428-2466 or Assistant coach Deborah Reid (310) 346-4149. VOLLEYBALLUnited States Youth Volleyball League: Ages 8-14. League runs Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10-11 a.m. at Whaley Park in Long Beach. Info: (888) 988-7985 or www.usyvl.org. WATER POLOLong Beach Viking Aquatics Water Polo: Beginning players are always welcome. Info: Chris Oeding (562) 938-4056 or vikingaquatics@hotmail.com. Long Beach Shore Aquatics Water Polo/Swim Team: Ages 5-14. Signups. Age group practices are held weekdays from 5-7 p.m. High school practices Monday-Thursday from 6:45-8:30 p.m. Info: www.shoreaquatics.com or shorepolo@hotmail.com. Los Alamitos Youth Water Polo Club: Boys and girls 3-14. Club seeking new members and no previous experience required. At Los Alamitos High and U.S. Aquatics Center on the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos. Info: (562) 433-3612 or www.losalamitoswaterpolo.com or coach@losalamitoswaterpolo.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Hawaiian Gardens/Lakewood Little League: Ages 5-18. Signups. Challenger Division also available. Info: Bob McKittrick (562) 429-8073. Lakewood Village Little League: Ages 7-9. Late signups ongoing. Fee: $120 for 7-year-olds and $85 for 6 and 5-year-olds, plus $50 Snack Bar work deposit. Registration forms on lvlittleleague.com website. Info: jlembfields@earthlink.net or (562) 429-5206. Plaza Little League Baseball: Ages 4 1/2-18. Proof of residency required. Lower division (4 1/2-12) signups are Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Upper division (13-18) signups are Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. At Plaza Little League snack bar on corner of Palo Verde Avenue and Carson Street. Info: Norm (562) 243-7135. BASKETBALLAll-Star Basketball: Ages 11-17. Private and group lessons. Info: Kareem Muhammad at (562) 235-6799 or akmrep@hotmail.com Cal Sparks Girls High School Travel Basketball: Tryouts for U17 and U15 travel teams will be held Saturday at Long Beach City College. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Info: Elbert Kinnebrew at (562) 822-9061, www.calsparks.com or ekinnebrew@aol.com center_img Youth signup details can be sent to youthsports@presstelegram.com. Include with each submission the final date the ad should appear in the newspaper. All leagues require birth certificates. Proof of age is necessary for entry and placement. BASEBALLBixby North Little League: Ages 5-16. Signups and tryouts Sunday at Ramona Park. Managers and coaches needed. Info: James at (562) 499-9783. last_img read more

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Effort to rescue trees on levees

first_imgRemoving trees and shrubs from the California levees would create barren culverts, critics of the federal policy say. “Let’s not forget we are a proud city of trees,” said Gregory Kondos, a Sacramento artist who paints the tree-lined levees. Spokesman Dana Cruikshank said the corps is drafting a new national policy that would allow some small trees and shrubs to remain. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – An Army Corps of Engineers policy is threatening trees and shrubs on 1,600 miles of Central Valley levees. The policy requires levees to be cleared of all vegetation to preserve channel capacity and allow access for inspections and repairs. It’s based largely on conditions along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, where levees were built back from the rivers and there is ample wildlife habitat between the levees and the water’s edge. But levees were built close to the water in California to create high water velocity to wash mining debris out of the rivers following the Gold Rush. last_img read more

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Spain face World Cup date with destiny against Iran

first_img0Shares0000Spain celebrate a goal in their opening World Cup match against Portugal © AFP / Nelson AlmeidaKAZAN, Russian Federation, Jun 19 – Spanish playmaker Isco says Wednesday’s match against Iran will determine their World Cup destiny as they seek to register their first win in Russia following a gripping 3-3 draw against Portugal.Champions in 2010 and among the favourites this year, Spain’s World Cup ambitions were kept in check, almost single-handedly, by a stunning Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick. The draw came just two days after Spain’s campaign was thrown into disarray by the shock sacking of coach Julen Lopetegui following an untimely announcement by Real Madrid that he would join the 13-times European champions after the tournament.Fernando Hierro, Spain’s sporting director, is now at the helm but barely a week into the tournament La Roja — expected to join Brazil, Germany and France in the latter stages — have endured more drama than they would have wanted or expected.“It’s a crucial match that will determine our World Cup destiny,” said Isco. “We want to score from the opening minute, even though that won’t be easy.“We will stick to the style that defines us as a team, but we have to pass the ball around a lot more and maintain possession. If we play quickly across the pitch, the chances will come. I hope we score quickly.”Iran kicked off their campaign with a 1-0 win against Morocco, thanks to a late own goal by Aziz Bouhaddouz, piling the pressure on Spain at Kazan Arena on Wednesday.Iran sit top of the pile as the only Group B team with a win so far, an achievement that sparked incredible celebrations in the streets of Tehran and elsewhere throughout the Islamic republic.Coach Carlos Queiroz concedes Iran now face one of the biggest challenges in their World Cup history, but maintains they can “make the impossible possible”.– ‘Universe Cup final’ –“If the game against Morocco was the World Cup final for us, the game against Spain will be the Universe Cup final,” said the former Real Madrid coach.“It was not a miracle that we won. What can happen once in a while is a group of people, when they are united, can create super stories and super things.“Our attitude is to try and make the impossible possible.”Yet keeping the Spanish armada at bay to claim the point that would boost hopes of qualifying for the last 16 looks a tall order.Iran have never beaten a European side at a World Cup — their only previous victory was a 2-1 win over the United States in France in 1998.Despite the frustration of conceding an 88th-minute equaliser to Ronaldo following two goals from Diego Costa and a stunning strike from Nacho, Isco believes Spain’s resolve remains intact.“We had a setback but we stuck together and got on with the job,” he said.“We saw that in the first match. We never gave up, even after conceding a goal in the fourth minute. That shows what this team is all about. We’ll never stop fighting.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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West Valley officer receives Purple Heart

first_img rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After returning to the United States, Williams joined the LAPD in 2006. His twin brother, Bryan, also serves in the National Guard and is a member of the LAPD. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said it was important for the city to support its workers – more than 1,000 of whom have been called to active duty since the Iraq war began – by guaranteeing they have a job, that their families receive financial support and that they do not lose promotional opportunities while on duty. “We can disagree about the war, but we are united in supporting our men and women who are called to serve the cause of liberty,” Villaraigosa said. Meanwhile, the Employee Support for the Guard and Reserve, a division of the Department of Defense, presented Villaraigosa with its Seven Seals Award, the highest civilian award given by the department. The award recognized the city’s policies on guaranteeing the jobs of workers called to active duty and in making up the salary difference of military pay to ensure that employees’ families do not suffer financially. A West Valley police officer who was injured while on National Guard duty in Iraq was presented with the military’s Purple Heart on Monday as the city was honored for its support of employees who have been placed on active duty. Officer Brent Williams, who works on crime suppression in the West Valley, was injured in September 2004 when a rocket exploded near the Humvee on which he was serving as a machine gunner. Williams suffered a concussion, a burst eardrum and other minor injuries. “I was fortunate,” said Williams, a sergeant in the California National Guard. “My thoughts are with all those who still are fighting and at risk.” last_img read more

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